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Participants will learn what sheriff deputies do and the challenges they face on a daily basis

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its first Citizens' Academy, an 11-week program that will focus on educating participants on the day-to-day duties of a deputy sheriff in Jefferson County.

"The goal of the citizen's academy is to engage with the people we serve and to increase their knowledge about what we do, and how we do it," said Jefferson County Sheriff Marc Heckathorn. "I believe understanding comes through education, and I'd love the opportunity to share in greater detail what this office does for the residents and visitors of Jefferson County."

Classes will be held once a week on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 8 and concluding Nov. 17.

There is no charge for Citizens' Academy, and interested residents may apply. The program is geared toward adults. Minors 14 and older are encouraged to attend but only with an adult. The class is limited to 25 participants.

Classes include: history of policing and the office of sheriff; career paths; patrol; corrections; reserve; marine; emergency management; Search and Rescue; use of force; Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE); Central Oregon Emergency Response (CERT); Central Oregon Police Chaplaincy; impaired driving and testing; and interactive use of force simulator.

Applications are accepted until Sept. 3. To apply, call 541-475-6520, option 3, and request an application, or download the application directly online. Citizens' Academy information is below the Sheriff's Message on the website, www.jeffco.net/sheriff.

"A Citizens' Academy is something I've wanted to do for years at JCSO, and as your sheriff, I'm excited to bring this opportunity to you," Heckathorn said.


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